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Celebrities Consider Vanity Fair’s Ass Kissing Not Good Enough Anymore

Actors and actresses — people who are paid millions to read what someone else has written for them while playing pretend — are upset with Vanity Fair. Apparently the magazine’s ass kissing just hasn’t been up to snuff lately, and so some Hollywood big shots are refusing to cooperate on articles.

It started with Gwyneth Paltrow, who was so mad about a planned Vanity Fair article that she emailed friends asking them not to speak with anyone from the magazine. The New York Times reports that her move has led to even more pushback. “Everyone grovels to Graydon [Carter] and other writers there and covets invitations to their parties,” Leslee Dart, a publicist for Tom Hanks and others, told the Times. “I don’t think people care the way they used to anymore. It’s not important to them to grovel as they once did.”

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Ross Mathews Gets Ready to Mingle

Twelve years after Ross Mathews started doing remote bits for Jay Leno, he’s finally got his own talk show. Hello Ross!, a weekly half-hour pop culture mash-up that sort of picks up where the Kevin Smith Hulu program Spoilers left off, debuts Friday at 10 p.m. on E! And Mathews says he is staying true to a couple of early career tips from Leno.

“Jay’s initial advice to me was always be on time and always be nice to the crew,” Mathews tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “That’s in my nature anyway, but I have always followed that advice. On Hello Ross!, I’m the first here, last to go; I know every first-last name, birthdays. It’s important to create that sort of atmosphere.”

Among Mathews’ favorite Leno segments is a 2008 remote with the late Steve Irwin. He says people still come up to him today and yell “Pineapple!”, which was Mathews’ code word for whenever he needed Irwin to reclaim an animal – pronto.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Tells Friends Not to Speak with Vanity Fair

Gwyneth Paltrow is making things difficult for Vanity Fair. The New York Post is reporting that the actress is telling anyone that knows her not to cooperate with the magazine, which is working on a cover story about her. Apparently Paltrow didn’t think recent Vanity Fair celebrity puff pieces were puffy enough, so she doesn’t want any part of the article.

Despite Paltrow’s opposition, Vanity Fair remains undaunted. “The magazine said it was going to proceed with the story without her, so her team has been asking people not to talk at all,” a source explained to the Post.

We don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Celebrity profiles are always favorable. And besides, if she’s worried that this article is going to make people say “You know, this Paltrow lady sure seems entitled, out-of-touch and egotistical,” it might be a little late for that.

Hollywood Plays Host to ‘Coolest Person on the Planet’

Iron Man 3 co-star Gwyneth Paltrow was crowned by People magazine as the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” just ahead of last night’s big splashy El Capitan Theatre premiere. In this red carpet photo, she is firmly in the clutches of  the person we think owns the “Coolest Person on the Planet” honors.

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People Names Gwyneth Paltrow ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’

People has named Gwyneth Paltrow the world’s most beautiful woman. Paltrow, upon hearing the meaningless news, said, “I can’t believe it. I kept thinking, ‘This can’t be true.’ I’ve never been more surprised or flattered.”

To celebrate the honor, Paltrow will hand-pick several Indonesian children to knit a life size replica of her face that will soon be available for purchase via Goop, for $47,500.

On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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Hollywood’s Favorite Diner Gets Another Web Shout Out

In the summer of 2010, LA freelance video editor Matthew Freund put together a mash-up of the many different film and TV scenes shot at downtown LA’s Quality Cafe. The piece got some nice pick-up at Gawker, Huffington Post and elsewhere, educating a legion of readers about just how ubiquitous this shooting location had become.


A cracked.com contributor decided it was time for a refresher this past Friday and judging by the millions of page views registered for “6 Places You’ll Recognize from the Background of Every Movie,” it was a good call. The West 7th Street establishment once doubled as both a diner and shooting location, but in recent years it has been used exclusively for filming. It ranks sixth on the Cracked countdown of all-purpose filming locales, followed by Vasquez Rocks and more.

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Matt Donnelly Exits LAT’s Ministry of Gossip

The beat will remain pretty much the same for entertainment journalist Matt Donnelly. But the Web traffic will be much larger, the reader comments harsher and there will now be, with any story, the walk-down-the-hall option of a synergistic TV appearance.

The Ministry of Gossip celebrity blogger got the official sendoff last night from boss Christie D’Zurilla and other LA Times colleagues, who all wished him the best of luck with new employers Yahoo! omg! and omg! Insider. The re-branded, cross-platform version of syndicated entertainment TV news magazine The Insider officially debuts January 7.

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Revamped Harper’s Bazaar Unveiled

The new Harper’s Bazaar, the magazine’s first redesign in 10 years, has been unveiled. Along with way too much Gwyneth Paltrow leg. Yes, that’s Paltrow on the cover, photographed by Terry Richardson.

Glenda Bailey, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, thought the actress was the perfect choice for the cover, despite the fact that the world has been overdosing on Paltrow since early 2010. ”It’s a very daring thing to do, where you don’t immediately see her face,” Bailey told WWD.

Daring? Daring would be putting Pee Wee Herman on the cover with that much skin showing. However, we do like all the white space. Inside WWD reports that Harper’s Bazaar has more changes, but retains its identity:

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Courteney Cox Is the New ‘Home Editor’ of Jane Pratt’s Website

Curbed is reporting that Courteney Cox has been named the new “Home Editor” of Jane Pratt‘s new website, xoJane.com, where, according to the press release, she “will be giving xoJane.com readers decorating advice and beauty tips.” Celebrities, what’s ours is yours. Including our jobs. Go on and take them!

Pratt has not only written often about her glittering circle of celebrity friends on her website, she has also been taking them on as contributors in various capacities. Courtney Love has a diary! David Arquette designed a shirt just for the site! And now Courteney Cox is an editor and a columnist! Gosh! In all seriousness though, loading up her site with celebrities doesn’t strike us as a bad move, although she may find it impossible to withstand the competition from Gwyneth Paltrow, who is turning into a media tidal wave and may be launching her own magazine. Pratt’s glory days were in the 1990s, and her celebrity friends represent that: while she’s gushing about hanging out with Michael Stipe, Paltrow, an A-List celebrity herself, is busy interviewing Jay-Z. But there is plenty of lingering 90s nostalgia, so perhaps Pratt has a niche.

Cox’s first post is on the site, in which she recommends a few beauty products that she uses, including a $9 dollar at-home hair dye, which is a nice suggestion because it’s cheap. Unlike, for example, Gwyneth Paltrow’s recommendation of giving someone a $1,400 leather weekend-getaway bag for Christmas on Goop.com.  In her author profile, Cox also answers a few hard-hitting questions like “I smell like: Orange Blossom meets Vanilla meets Coconut” and “I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): Not in as many years as I can remember.” (Cox did not choose these questions.) We don’t know how much work she’ll put into the site as “Home Editor,” but we wish her luck. Editing a website can be brutal.

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